Your ride should be............
Safety is the most important aspect of all riding. Position and speed must always be sacrificed for safety, but safety must never be sacrificed for any reason. The rider’s objective is to maintain safe progress by identifying hazards early and planning how to deal with them safely and efficiently.
The four key skills of advanced riding are Concentration, effective all round Observation, Anticipation and Planning. Advanced Riding is using these skills properly and coordinating them with good handling skills to ensure that your riding is . . . . . . . . .
The ‘Essential Riding Skills’ is a way of approaching and negotiating all situations
that is safe, methodical, and leaves nothing to chance. i-RideClinic is conducted in a predictable environment in a methodical and logical way and have time to select the best position, speed, and gear to negotiate all hazards safely and efficiently.
If your motorcycle control and handling skills are properly coordinated with your perceptual and awareness skills, your riding will not only be safe and systematic, but it will also be smooth. Nothing should look or feel hurried. The three main considerations are passenger comfort, motorcycle stability and sympathy.
Speed (correct use of)
The ability to make progress is an important advanced riding skill, but progress must never compromise safety. Excess speed (speed above the statutory limit) and inappropriate speed (excessive speed for the circumstances, regardless of the statutory limit) are dangerous and are not acceptable. Advanced Riders understand this and know that speed limits are limits, and not targets. They use their perceptual and awareness skills to identify when they should impose their own speed limit on themselves, (regardless of the statutory speed limit), depending on circumstances.
The four S’s element of Essential Riding, (Safety, System, Smoothness and (correct use of) Speed ensures that the rider makes progress with skill and responsibility and is always at the right place on the road at the right time, travelling at the right speed with the correct gear engaged for that speed and can always stop safely in the distance that can be seen to be clear..
What you’ll find here is techniques that I’ve learned over my time riding motorcycles on track & on the open roads. It’s stuff that I’ve found out on my own, through my 28++ experience of riding and through my own attempts to learn what is expected of us on track & open road.
While some of the things here will only see you making small gains out there, the tips on braking structure, correct steering, throttle control and vision are where you will see big gains if you put them into practice. Things that we give to ensure you will make big progress in riding as soon as you to grips with them, and I’m confident you will see progress and try putting them into your riding.
With that, go ahead and enjoy the track and the open road riding.